Favourite albums of 2014

Personally, I think 2014 has been an amazing year for music. There have been so many albums that I’ve loved & listened to repeatedly. I was also lucky enough to catch Royal Blood, My Sad Captains, Temples & Honeyblood live in Hull this year (plus I saw The Horrors in Sheffield) – 2014 has been a live music high watermark for me since I moved here 8 years ago, I hope 2015 can beat it.
The year has been so good, in fact, that a number of my favourite artists had albums out that haven’t made my top 20 – Morrissey, Interpol, Ryan Adams, Karen O – all those albums were good enough in their own way but didn’t resonate quite as strongly as the 20 I’ve picked.
Here then are my 20 favourite albums of the year, in no particular order.

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Metronomy – Love Letters
http://youtu.be/siHQVEStDlg

Damian Jurado – Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son
http://youtu.be/pfoqkW7l-lo

War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
http://youtu.be/1LmX5c7HoUw

Future Islands – Singles
http://youtu.be/e8Uhf3gM1m0

Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
http://youtu.be/cqnIbueM5fE

Temples – Sun Structures
http://youtu.be/tUGEnXz4EG8

My Sad Captains – Best Of Times
http://youtu.be/rXUsUmZWu68

Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
http://youtu.be/OfxsuYxW9dg

Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!
http://youtu.be/wJRJV4dYSJ0

Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together
http://youtu.be/ZFy7bCO3SI4

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
http://youtu.be/nyuPWHwZru0

Horrors – Luminous
http://youtu.be/7Yuf3lJ69BQ

Caribou – Our Love
http://youtu.be/VV3QOop9GLM

Honeyblood – Honeyblood
http://youtu.be/bvbdh_RA9ew

Royal Blood – Royal Blood
http://youtu.be/x6CQ7o4JEkY

Black Keys – Turn Blue
http://youtu.be/coqtBoZSH1Y

The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave
http://youtu.be/l8H38U4nZag

Lykke Li – I Never Learn
http://youtu.be/Hh-0y8Qe0Sw

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
http://youtu.be/Irvcf6dCk-k

John Grant – And the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra In Concert
http://youtu.be/0D81nfg0Eek

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